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Why Go To College?

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Language: English
Wordcount: 7,703 / 22 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.3
LoC Categories: PN, LB
Downloads: 4,120
mnybks.net#: 5426
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction, Essays
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ugh country roads? If any young man to-day goes through Harvard lonely, neglected, unfriended, if any girl lives solitary and wretched in her life at Wellesley, it is their own fault. It must be because they are suspicious, unfriendly or disagreeable themselves. Certainly it is true that in the associations of college life, more than in any other that the country can show, what is extraneous, artificial, and temporary falls away, and the every-day relations of life and work take on a character that is simple, natural, genuine. And so it comes about that the fourth gift of college life is ideals of personal character.

To some people the shaping ideals of what character should be, often held unconsciously, come from the books they are given by the persons whom they most admire before they are twenty years old. The greatest thing any friend or teacher, either in school or college, can do for a student is to furnish him with a personal ideal. The college professors who transformed me through my acquaintanc

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